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Spyware and Hi-Tech bugs are being used by abusive and controlling partners to stalk and terrorise their partners

A recent article in The Scottish Sun highlights how a paranoid IT expert was able to listen, monitor, and track his wife after he grew suspicious of her and accused her of cheating online. He used listening devices in his wife’s vehicle and admitted placing hidden cameras in their spare room and lounge. He even posted on Instagram happily stating “the truth always comes out. #GPSTracker”.

Victoria Hutton’s victim impact statement details how the ordeal has affected her. She stated “I am feeling betrayed, confused and fearing that I will never be able to trust a man again. I would like to understand why someone would do such a thing. I sent days looking for other bugs in the house, changing login details, not allowing any access to my location”.

Unfortunately, it is not that easy to find bugs. In an article we wrote in 2019 (click here to read the article), we detailed the questions our clients ask themselves when they are in controlling and abusive relationships and the places many bugs are found in a home.

The article from the UK Sun goes on to state Mrs. Hutton told one untruth when she was supposed to be going to London for work but instead went to Cheshire.

Ashley Hutton is now facing gaol time.

If you have experienced any of the following, please contact us for a confidential discussion from a secure line (see details below).

  • Does your partner know where you go, who you are with, and what you are doing?
  • Are your conversations being repeated to you by others?
  • Are you being intimidated and stalked?
  • Are you worried about the welfare of your children?
  • Do you have current a current AVO, ADVO, DVO against your partner which is being breached?

Over the last 20 years, NSI Global Counter Intelligence’s investigators have seen a sharp increase in the use of spyware and hi-tech bugs by controlling and abusive spouses. In many of these cases, the controlling and abusive spouse had been the subject of an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order, Apprehended Violence Order, a Family Violence Intervention Order, or a Family Violence Safety Notice.

This is a direct result of the increased availability of equipment and software that can be readily purchased online, as can be seen in the article from The Scottish Sun above. Devices such as electronic bugs, listening devices, hidden cameras, spyware, cellular interception, Bluetooth interception, laser microphones, burst transmitters, other similar eavesdropping devices, and spyware are all easily available over the internet to anyone with a credit card. As a result, there is now a greater threat present than ever before, especially for at-risk women, men, and children. Your privacy, location, and safety can be endangered.

Unfortunately, our experience has also shown, many of these offenders who are currently involved in divorce proceedings will use any technology available to them to stalk, harass, intimidate, blackmail, or harm their estranged spouse or children.

When so much is at risk, the benefits of a full, comprehensive Technical Surveillance Counter Measures (TSCM) Bug Sweep and security audit can be lifesaving.

Most basic sweeps provided by other service providers will only scan for transmissions from live covert devices. What happens when the bug is not a transmitter and its electronic signature is masked by hiding it within other electronics? Companies only scanning in this way will not be able to detect a recording device installed within other electronics. You may get the “all clear”, but because they didn’t have the necessary equipment or specialised training, you and your children may still be in danger!

Our experienced TSCM Investigators will conduct private TSCM bug sweeps to the same comprehensive standard we provide for our corporate and government clientele. We also have the means to provide digital forensic examinations on your, and your children’s phones as we own the same digital forensic equipment as used by law enforcement agencies worldwide. We can provide peace of mind by uncovering for certain, whether your phones and other devices have been infected with monitoring and tracking spyware.

Lastly, NSI are proud supporters of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program. The aim of the Staying Home Leaving Violence program is to prevent you and your children from becoming homeless or having to move away from your support system of family and friends, and the school and community where you live.

The program works in cooperation with NSW Police to remove the perpetrator (the violent partner) from the family home so that you and your children can stay safely where you are. It provides a range of support services, such as safety planning, improving home security, help in managing finances, support for children, and helping you with the complicated legal process.

The providers of the program understand that it’s the violent person – your partner or ex-partner – who is responsible for their own abusive behaviour and is committing a crime by hurting you and or your children.

Women and men separated from a violent partner who continue to experience abuse from their ex-partner are a priority for the program. Priority is also given to women and men who have experienced domestic and family violence.

If you need help

If you are a victim of domestic violence and fear for your safety please call 000.

If you are concerned you may be the victim of illegal surveillance, please call NSI Global for a confidential consultation on 1300 000 NSI from a SECURE LINE (i.e. not your mobile phone or landline. A secure line is a landline outside your home, a public phone, or purchase a non-smart mobile phone and number without connecting any of your accounts (social or email) to it), or fill out the form below and one of our specialist consultants will be in contact with you. We can provide Technical Surveillance Counter Measures bug sweeps of your home or car, spyware forensic analysis of your phone and devices, and investigation services.

For more information on the Staying Home Leaving Violence Domestic program, please call the domestic violence hotline (24 hours) on 1800 65 64 63.

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